Bring the Ocean Indoors

shells

I do not get to the ocean much any more, July 4th weekend was always an ocean trip when I was a kid.  My Mom loves the beach, there is something about the healing qualities of the ocean.

The way walking along the beach and listening to the waves seems to lower ones heart rate.  When I do get a chance to go, one of my favorite things to do is collect shells. There are so many different types, in the 19th century they were documented in amazing detail.

I have put together a group of seashell inspired hand made  items for the home, a lamp, tissue box, night light and a box of matches so no matter where you live, the ocean can be with you.  If you have a friend in need of a ocean fix, one of these will surely make them smile.

Have a safe and happy 4th.

A Feather in Your Cap

peacock hats

I think all chandeliers and sconces should wear hats. Tiny expressions of one’s soul.  There are hats for crystal chandeliers, hats for simple sconces, and hats for any style of fixture you can think of. “A feather in your cap” came to mind as I was rummaging through my racks of trim, I stumbled across some fabulous Peacock feather trim (real feathers, no animals are hurt).

I have put feathers on night lights, but now I have put them on the hat’s of chandeliers.  My creativity has gone wild with this notion, I have a large variety on my work table and will be taking pictures of them as they are finished.

Imagine a plain or fancy fixture with these whimsical little hats on top.  They will surely make you smile.

If you are in the area stop in and see the variety or visit Shandell’s online.

Susan

My shopping trip with Eddie & Jaithan

eddies trip 1

A couple of weeks ago I took a Sunday to go shopping with Eddie & Jaithan (my blogger pals).  We went to Stormville Flea Market, I had not been in a couple of years.  Luck was on our side that day, the sun came out and lots of treasures were found. The first find of that day are pictured above, an amazing pair of Mid Century iridescent glazed lamps with their original gold leaf bases.  I made a pair of vintage wallpaper shades for them and they came alive again to brighten up someone’s life.  To top them off in my box of baubles I found a pair of iridescent glazed finials.

If you are in the area come and visit or take a tour of Shandell’s galleries.

Father’s Day a day to celebrate Dad

fathers-day

I have this connection to deer, they have come into my life at different times.  In Indian medicine the Deer represent gentleness, they are here to teach us to touch the hearts and minds of wounded beings who are in our way.  Sheds are the antler’s that naturally fall off of deer.  I collect them and  love that I pair together steel and horn, to create this wonderful lamp.

I have a fabulous person who comes into my studio every Saturday and straightens out my workshop, she said “Susan, it is Father’s day soon, get this wired, make a shade and take a picture of it”, so I did.
Here is a perfect grouping for the Dad in your life.  Hope you enjoy looking, I enjoyed making it.  I have put it together with matches and a tissue box cover all to honor the Deer.

If you are in the area stop by and see it or visit my online store.

Susan

My Sunday adventure at Margaret’s Garden

Sunday at Margaret's

This past Sunday, I took the morning off to visit Margaret Roach’s garden , head guru of A Way to Garden.  She had a Garden Conservancy Open Day.

I took my camera along to inspire me in my own garden.  I took over 100 pictures, of flowers, trees, Frogboys, Jack the cat, chipmunks and architectural elements around her home.

She was busy answering questions from the hundreds of people that came to see her creation.

When I got back to my studio and downloaded my pictures, I was so inspired by my visit,that I made a Memory Box of the occasion.

I had a hard time picking which pictures, but these are my favorites.  All have different elements, textures and color. Vintage iron fencing leaning on a tree, a rusty headboard for a gate. Buddha among foliage.  A purple chair with alliums next to it and anyone who knows me, purple is the best. Topping the box off are a group of Pansies smiling at you.  As I was making this, there was a smile on my face the entire time, remembering my walk through her garden.

Enjoy my memories of that morning.

Susan

Click on the first thumbnail to start your tour of my Memory Box.